About Me

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I grew up in a house full of paintings, drawings and books.  My dad was a painter and teacher, so painting was an everyday activity for me.  Sunday afternoon trips to the Tate Gallery (at a time when there was only one) were frequent.  I can't remember a time when I didn't paint or draw. 

 

I had intended to be a graphic designer.  Instead, I read Spanish and South American literature and history at University College London, before training formally in fine art in my late 20's.  I received a 1st class degree in painting at WSCAD (Farnham) and followed by a postgraduate diploma at Central St Martins in London.  I've had various studios in London : in Camberwell, at Pixley Street near Canary Wharf and at Oaks Park in suburban south west London.

 

In 1990, by chance, I started designing contemporary rugs.  Many of my designs are in residential, corporate and commercial premises in the UK and abroad.  My work has been included in major design and media events including 100% Design, ‘UK Now!’ (Melbourne), ‘Best of British’ (Canary Wharf) and ‘TGI Friday’ (the first series!) I was included in Christopher Farr and Matthew Bourne's book 'Contemporary Rugs' published by Merrell in 2002.

 

Many of my paintings have been acquired by collectors in Greece, Spain, France and the USA, as well as in the UK.

 

All kinds of source material informs my picture making - Ted Hughes' collection of poems "Birthday Letters", chronicling his relationship with Sylvia Plath, Prunella Clough's later paintings, the work of Serge Poliakoff, Susan Rothenberg, Eduardo Chillida's graphic works, Sonia Delaunay's textiles,  Phillip Larkin's poem "Aubade", Hugo Williams' collection of poems entitled "Billy's Rain", Bonnard's last self-portrait, memories of rainy Summers in Scotland, and a current preoccupation with a darkening worldview...